|Ron joined the adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University in 2010. He is a lifelong adult learner. After 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, he worked for several years before returning to school. By that time, he had a family and all the obligations that accompany the "American dream." God has blessed Ron immensely throughout the intervening years, allowing him to earn a BA from Colorado Christian University (1991) and a Master in Theology from Liberty Theological Seminary (2009).
Ron considers the Bible the most remarkable and exciting book ever compiled and has over 28 years experience teaching this marvelous book and its application. During this time, he has also worked as a partner, owner/operator, and currently a sub-contractor in the private sector.
|This dual role of educator and self-directed earner gives him a unique perspective regarding the challenges students face. In addition to facilitating online classes at Grand Canyon University, he has been a contributor to an online Bible Study and Devotional. He has developed a home study to discuss worldviews centered on Ravi Zacharias' book "Why Jesus". He has written an article being considered for publication and is developing a study on Esther for use as a home Bible study.
Ron and his wife live in Monument, Colorado where they can experience the majesty of God's creation each morning. They recently celebrated their 35th anniversary.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at Grand Canyon University is a wonderful experience. It has allowed me to help others learn how to unlock the deep truths of Scripture and understand the unity of the message of the word of God. It affords me the opportunity to interchange with those who wish to serve the Lord in the presentation of His word and help them understand the need to present the Bible in its entirety, ever remaining faithful to the text.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I have found the most effective strategy is to be available, approachable, and connected. The angst students experience is greatly reduced when they can get immediate answers to their questions, when they are not afraid to ask, and when the professor is involved in the Discussion Forum. The use of Power Points, mini lectures and new technologies also enhance the learning experience.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
One student that comes to mind is a student who did poorly on the first assignment. The student contacted me, expressing concern about the low grade. I encouraged the student, reminded them it was early in the course, highlighted their potential, and reassured them I was here to help. Throughout the course I continued to encourage the student, and demonstrated how to properly formulate and write an essay. By the end of the course, the student was able to formulate a good essay, articulating with clarity and accuracy. After the course, the student contacted me, thanked me for my help, and told me of a stressful experience they were going through during the course. They said my constant encouragement had helped them get through the course and the personal struggles they were experiencing.